Last week was big for Texas Longhorns fans.
Not only were a couple former players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft – wide receiver Devin Duvernay went in the third round to the Baltimore Ravens, receiver Collin Johnson went in the fifth round to the Jacksonville Jaguars, safety Brandon Jones went in the third round to the Miami Dolphins – more were signed as undrafted free agents following the draft’s conclusion over the weekend, like center Zach Shackelford, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and defensive end Malcolm Roach, who’s now with the New Orleans Saints.
Then, of course, one of the nation’s top men’s basketball players coming out of high school Greg Brown III, also committed to joining the Forty Acres next year for the 2020-2021 season, effectively breathing life into head coach Shaka Smart’s hot-and-cold program.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: After years of pursuit, Texas’ Shaka Smart lands five-star Greg Brown from Horns’ backyard
Austin American-Statesman: After rough stretch that mirrored Texas’ on-field results, NFL teams again drafting Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman: Fab 55 member Landon Jackson picks LSU over Texas, Texas A&M
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas adds three-star tight end Landen King to 2021 recruiting class
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Five current Longhorns who could be drafted in 2021’s first or second round
Dallas Morning News: After adding another star big man, Shaka Smart has one more chance to prove he’s the right man for the job at Texas
Dallas Morning News: When it comes to producing NFL talent, the SEC still outpaces everyone, including the Big 12
Sports Illustrated: Jacksonville getting potential day one value in Collin Johnson
Sports Illustrated: The Dolphins are getting a ‘consummate pro’ in Brandon Jones
Sports Illustrated: Devin Duvernay lands in great situation with Ravens
Sports Illustrated: Greg Brown’s commitment shows Texas made the right call in keeping Shaka Smart
247Sports: The Stampede: How to pitch defensive prospects on Texas board
247Sports: Who’s next? A look at five commit candidates
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Cypress Creek junior Rori Harmon committed to Texas women’s basketball late last week, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “ESPN HoopGurlz has rated the 5-6 Harmon as the Class of 2021’s 20th-best recruit and sixth-best point guard. Texas last signed a top-20 recruit in 2018 when Charli Collier and Sedona Prince became Longhorns. During her junior year, Harmon was both an all-state honoree and District 17-6A’s MVP. She averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Harmon tallied 16 points, 11 steals and 10 assists in a 78-24 win over Houston Stratford on Jan. 28.”
here’s to a new chapter . pic.twitter.com/uHCyJIPMBn— roriiiharmonnn (@roriiiharmonnn) April 24, 2020
- Women’s basketball also earned a pledge from Aaliyah Moore out of Moore High School in Oklahoma, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Moore currently sits in the seventh slot in the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings for the 2021 recruiting cycle. She is considered the nation’s third-best forward. During the 2019-20 season, Moore averaged 21.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and was named Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year.”
- Former Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he looks to contribute to an ailing pass-catching corp.
- Texas offensive lineman JP Urquidez is joining the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos for his senior season as a graduate transfer.